HOUSTON - A total of ten regular season meets, including three on-campus at the fantastic Aquatics Center, highlight the new 2012-2013 schedule for the Rice Owls swim team.
The Rice swimmers will host high-profile programs, compete against the best in the region, and travel to face some traditionally strong opponents before the regular season schedule concludes in March (2013) at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. The team begins the season in front of home fans with a dual meet against Big 12 power Kansas on Oct. 6. The Owls are then back home again three weeks later for a two-day meet on Oct. 26-27 with the second annual Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Houston Medical Center/Rice Invitational.
In November the Owls head north to compete at state rivals SMU and North Texas, before traveling across town for UH's Cougar Invitational. Rice is back home at the Aquatics Center to host nationally-ranked Texas A&M on Dec. 1 before heading into semester finals.
The Owls have meets at both the start and close of the program's winter training session. The team is in San Antonio on Dec. 15-17 for The Incarnate Word Holiday Invitational. Rice opens the new year in Florida for a relay meet at Head Coach Seth Huston's alma mater, the University of Tampa, on Jan. 5, 2013. Now in his 11th season at the helm of the program, coach Huston explained that facing the best competition (home or away) has long-been part of his scheduling philosophy.
"We are excited about this season and looking forward to taking on some big competition this year," coach Huston said. "We swim Big 12 schools Kansas and TCU at home, and NCAA powerhouses Texas A&M and LSU from the SEC. The invitational meets we compete in will be loaded with competition, including our own home-invitational which was a great meet last year."
Rice will face nationally-ranked LSU and C-USA rivals Tulane and Houston in a four-team showdown to be held in Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 25-26. That annual Quad Meet with LSU, Houston and Tulane provides a critical last look before all the C-USA schools go-head-to-head in the conference championships on Feb. 20-23. The C-USA Championships will again be held across town at the UH Rec Center Natatorium. The college swim season concludes with the NCAA Championships Mar. 21-23 in Indiana.
Where facing ranked opponents is consistent across the entire schedule, the end of the season is where the real prizes are - the C-USA and NCAA Championships. The Owls' new schedule provides a steady slate of challenges all season long that prompted coach Huston to add, "we should be seasoned and well-prepared for the C-USA Championships this spring." View the swim team's full 2012-2013 schedule at the above link.